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How to Handle School-Related Stress

It’s the time of year again when every school assignment is suddenly due and it feels like your days and nights are spent at the library. This can lead you to feeling overwhelmed. If that’s the case, here are some tips to help you relax.

Manage your time

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Don’t underestimate the power of an agenda! Pick up a cute agenda from the store or use your phone’s calendar app. Write down all the items and their due dates, then plan out an hourly schedule at least a week ahead to give yourself enough time to study.

Don’t overstudy

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Studying is definitely the key to good grades, but it’s extremely important that you don’t spread yourself too thin. Schedule study breaks to recharge your brain. Take some time to eat a healthy snack. And make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time to ensure high energy levels the next day.

Do something fun

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Sometimes the stress of keeping up with all that studying can bring in a wave of bad mood days. To stay focused, you should indulge in something that makes you happy. It could be going shopping to buy something off your wishlist, hitting the gym, seeing a movie with friends, or spending time with your significant other. Allowing yourself the time to enjoy life–especially during stressful times–will help you feel much better, rather than being miserable whilst drowning in textbooks.


By utilizing these three tips, you’ll find yourself better prepared for the next time you’re feeling low during stressful school periods!

Melissa is a fifth-year student in Communications and Psychology at Glendon College (York University). She enjoys reading, writing, going shopping and watching reality television shows with her friends. Her dream is to work in entertainment PR and to live in London, England.   
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